Football - Sun, Nov. 12, 2006
Olathe, Kan. - Head coach Mike Feminis and No. 9 ranked Saint Xavier University will travel to Georgetown, Ky., on Saturday, November 18, to face the Tigers of No. 7 ranked Georgetown College in the first round of the 2006 NAIA Championship Series after the national office released the football playoff pairings early Sunday afternoon. The game will take place at 1:30 p.m. (eastern) Saturday at Toyota Stadium in Georgetown, Ky.
The Cougars head into the postseason with an overall record of 8-2 with its two losses coming against No. 3 ranked St. Ambrose University (35-27) and No. 18 ranked Malone College (24-21), while Georgetown boasts an overall record of 9-1 with its lone setback coming against No. 8 Bethel College (49-21). Both teams qualified for the NAIA Championship Series last season as well.
In 2005, SXU made just its second trip to the NAIA Championship Series in its 13-year history and lost to No. 4 ranked University of Sioux Falls (S.D.), 31-28, on a field goal in the final seconds of the game. Now in their 14th season, the Cougars will aim to make their first-ever berth in the NAIA quarterfinals after first-round eliminations in their previous two trips to the postseason (2002 & 2005). This will be the first time Saint Xavier will face a first-round opponent not ranked in the top four in the final national rankings.
Last season, Georgetown posted a 36-35 first-round victory over Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) Mideast League foe and No. 14 ranked Geneva College (Pa.) in Georgetown, Ky. However, the Tigers fell in the quarterfinals to No. 2 ranked University of Saint Francis (Ind.), 44-14. Georgetown is making its eighth straight postseason appearance dating back to the 1999 season and finished as NAIA national champions in 2000.
"We are definitely excited to play against a team like Georgetown that has such a rich football history as an NAIA powerhouse," said Feminis. "This is a great opportunity for our program. I have talked to Bill Cronin (Georgetown head coach) many times at the national convention and we have both expressed our interest in playing one another. Well, now the opportunity is finally here!"